Trustees, neighbors decry planned connector road
The Liberty Township trustees this week backed a resolution to prevent the construction of a connector road linking Manning Parkway to Churchill Drive.
At their meeting Monday, Sept. 17, trustees voted 3-0 to approve a resolution to relieve a developer planning to build condominiums along Manning Parkway from the responsibility of constructing the connector road.
More than 50 residents of the Calumet Farms subdivision, located along Churchill Drive, attended the meeting to urge the trustees to block construction of the connector.
More than 200 people signed a petition opposing the connector road.
Liberty Township Assistant Fiscal Officer Jim Cirigliano told the board the connector would dramatically increase traffic through the subdivision and create a dangerous environment for more than 100 school-age children who live there. Multiple traffic studies completed in 2004 indicated traffic through the subdivision would more than triple if the connection was completed, he said.
Calumet Farms has no sidewalks and children frequently walk and bike in the roadway.
"This will expose the neighborhood to an unbearable amount of traffic," Cirigliano said. "All these people here tonight have joined me to say it's time to stop this insanity. Stop this road connection before it's too late."
Cirigliano said Denis King of Denis King Investments LLC, the developer in charge of the planned condominiums, was compelled by the county engineer to include the connection as part of an agreement to receive a building permit from Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman.
The resolution passed by the trustees could allow the condos to be built without the road connection and recommends Bauserman vacate the easement for the planned connector.
"We as a board need to tell Chris Bauserman that we don't want the connection, and if he's looking for our permission, he's not going to get it," said Trustee Curt Sybert.
Cirigliano said if King had his way, he would build more condominiums in the space where the proposed road connector would go.
King did not attend the board meeting and could not be reached for comment by press time.
The plan will go to the Delaware County Regional Planning and Zoning Commission, which will make a recommendation to Bauserman.
Ultimately, the county engineer has several options, Cirigliano said. He could opt to hold onto the easement and block King from building in the parcel where the road connector would have gone, or he could relinquish the land and allow the additional development.
It's also possible he could order the road connector built, even if the township decides not to use it. In that case, it would serve as an emergency access roadway.
Also at this week's meeting, trustees approved a memorandum of understanding with the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County to hire a service coordinator, who will operate in an office located at the Liberty Road fire station.
Fire officials said the coordinator will help senior citizens in Powell and Liberty Township obtain medical care and other services they need to stay healthy and independent.
Trustees also approved a resolution to purchase brine-salt mixture from Genoa Township for 8 cents per gallon to keep roadways clear of snow and ice. The resolution was tabled at the Sept. 3 meeting because a price has not yet been established.